The Pompano Beach’s cultural venues provide a variety of spaces that offer exhibition opportunities for artists of all levels, from emerging to established. The Artist Selection Panelists are fundamental to the development of new exhibitions in our galleries and the growth of our Artist-in-Residence program. It will be the task of this volunteer panel to assist the staff of the cultural venues on the selection of artists.
Panelists are professionals from the Pompano Beach and Broward arts community with a specialty in the visual arts field. A panel of five members, from the pool of qualified professionals, will participate on this Artist Selection Panel.
Panel members will review submissions for two of our keystone programs twice a year: Artist-in-Residence program and visual arts exhibitions. Proposals and submissions are received on a rolling-basis and need the assistance and expertise of the panel to help guide the direction of these programs. The follow panelists are currently in the qualified pool.
Jaye Abbate is President and CEO of ArtServe, Inc., an award-winning non-profit arts incubator that provides innovative support programs, affordable facilities, professional development training and business opportunities for artists and cultural organizations throughout South Florida. Under her leadership ArtServe has flourished and received numerous awards and recognitions including the 211 Non-profit of the Year-arts, The Doyle Award for Nonprofit excellence and the Salute to Business Award from the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, recognizing ArtServe’s contribution to making art and culture an important economic driver in the region.
Prior to joining to ArtServe, Jaye was the Marketing Manager at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts where she was responsible for promoting shows, building customer loyalty and satisfaction, and cultivating community outreach, membership and donor support for the center.
Originally from Chicago, Jaye has been active member of many area civic and non-profit groups since her arrival. She is the vice chair of the Broward Arts Connection, sits on the board of the Broward Executive council and has served on the board of many volunteer organizations and chaired numerous events for groups including Leadership Broward (class 26!), the Fort Lauderdale Woman’s club, The Literary Feast, the Downtown Fort Lauderdale Rotary, the Prologue Society, the Junior League, The Museum of Art Contemporaries and Second Century Broward. She has also served as president of several home owners associations, where she has worked with other neighborhood groups in an effort to connect art and culture as a means of building a more vibrant community.
A published author, Jaye has a passion for enhancing arts, education and literacy in Broward as a means of building bridges among groups and improving quality of life for all residents by combining culture, community and commerce.
Laura Atria is the Public Art Program Manager for the City of Pompano Beach. She is also the Public Art Consultant for the City of Coral Springs and a member of Florida Association of Public Art Professionals. She has also served as the Public Art Consultant for the City of Tamarac. In February 2016, she was one of the presenters for a statewide arts Convening Culture Conference at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Ms. Atria graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a dual degree: a BFA in Studio Art and a BA in Art History. She has been specializing in Public Art Administration for eight years. Her first experience with Public Art was interning for Palm Beach County. In addition to her arts administration, she is a professional artist based in South Florida. She recently completed a mural for Pelican Cove Resort in Islamorada, making this mural her fourth mural in The Florida Keys, as well as a commissioned mural by Broward County’s Cultural Division for a mural at Port Everglades. Ms. Atria can be reached at Laura.Atria@gmail.com
Mimi Botscheller is an artist and former educator who has resided and worked in Broward County, Florida since 1973. Her paintings combining Eastern and Western ideologies and multiple points of view have been widely shown, both nationally and internationally. The work has regionally been featured in numerous gallery exhibitions and museum competitions throughout the state.
Ms. Botscheller has a Public Art commissioned installation in Terminal 19 in Port Everglades, Ft. Lauderdale. Other notable achievements include winning the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship. She currently has an installation of paintings, digital work and sculpture in the Surrealism Room of the Young at Art Museum in Davie, Florida. Recognition for her digital photography, motion art and hybrid media collage work has been developing. Mimi’s photo-based narratives were recently purchased by photography collector Robert Lewis (Denver, CO) and the Biba Gallery in Palm Beach. Prints from her new body of work were selected for exhibition in SoHo Photo Gallery, NYC, in the Professional Woman's Photography show, Contrasts. Her digital work was selected in Ten Artists to Watch exhibit at the Los Angeles Center of Digital Art in 2014. Recent accomplishments include a one woman show at the Bailey Contemporary Art Center in Pompano Beach. Mimi is also a curator and member of the city of Pompano Beach’s Public Art Committee.
Leslie Fordham brings more than 18 years of public art program experience to her role as Public Art & Design Administrator for Broward Cultural Division. As a dedicated and passionate advocate for art in public places, she now channels her knowledge into Broward County placemaking.
Coming to Broward County from Lancaster, PA, Leslie facilitated the establishment of the first ever public art program for the city, obtained grants to initiate temporary sculpture loan programs and cultivated public/private partnerships while defining public art for the community through advocacy and speaking engagements. Prior to the move to Lancaster, Leslie was the Art in Public Places Coordinator for the Town of Vail, CO, where she managed the installation of numerous public art projects in a challenging natural environment and worked with an eleven member board to align the public art program with the town’s economic goals.
She also spent five years in the commercial building industry advising architects and contractors, producing shop drawings, material cost estimates and occasionally working on construction sites – experience that she frequently applies to complex public art projects.
Today, she manages a staff of seven; oversees more than 70 public art activities and projects and including installations at two of Broward County’s largest transit and tourism centers - Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Port Everglades. She also facilitates implementation of recommendations proposed in the Division’s 2020 Community Cultural Plan.
Leslie attended the Vail Leadership Institute and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, with a concentration in History of Art. She continued her studies in London, graduating from University of West London, 1997, with a Master of Arts in Information Management/Librarianship; completing her Masters Dissertation entitled A User Study of Art Exhibition Catalogs at the Tate Gallery, a two year project which included in depth interview and surveys of art librarians, curators and patrons of the Tate Gallery and other museums in London and Oxford.
George Gadson, graduate of Duke University and native of the small southern town of Ft. Meade, Florida, discovered his talent of art in 1981. While in search of a means of creative relaxation from the rigors of a demanding banking career, he quickly became enamored by the insight, enchantments, and spiritual empowerment that the experience of painting allowed him.
The self-taught artist has been commissioned to create works of art for many high profile events and individuals. In 2008 he was invited to create an ornament for the White House Christmas Tree. In 1995 and 1999, respectively, Gadson created two South Florida Super Bowl bronze commemorative sculptures aptly named "The Quarterback" and "The Kicker." Each sculpture was given to the National Football League Team owners. Working in a variety of mediums, he has also created a bronze relief portrait sculptures for Darden Restaurants and JM Family Enterprises, Inc., a Fortune 100 company, the International Swimming Hall of Fame, and more.
Gadson's works express different aspects and values of life, with an underlying spiritual message that seeks to reconnect the human spirit with its Creator. This often is expressed in abstract or figurative sculpture and photography, most of which is prompted by inspirations from my surroundings, people and their environment, founded elements of nature, and even cast shadows in a dimly lit room. There is not a day that goes by that he is not doing art. He wants viewers to feel or experience in part, ‘a moment in time’, without ever having been there.”
Haupt’s recent solo-shows are The Journey of Magenta at The Projects Fort Lauderdale 2017, Farbe und Raum at Wenzel Hablik Museum, Germany 2016, Drawing Lines—Making Space at Coral Springs Museum of Art, 2014.
Haupt was a fellow of the Artist-in-Residence Program at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Colorado, 2016 and Brush Creek Foundation of Art, Wyoming, 2014. In 2013 he was awarded with the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship in the Visual Arts in 2013 as exhibited in Who am I to you? at the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale.
With an academic and practical background in art and in architecture Haupt (Ph.D. Associate Professor) taught at the Florida Atlantic University classes on Color, Material and Space and Architectural Design Studios. Previous he taught at the Technical University in Braunschweig, Germany.
Haupt received a Diploma from the Technical University in Darmstadt, Germany, and undertook postgraduate studies in the Master’s Program at the Cranbrook Academy of Arts in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He completed his praxis-based Ph.D. on artistic design strategies titled Color Experiments—Integration of painted color spaces in an architectural design process in 2008.
Ly has been working as a visual artist in South Florida for the past 40 years. He has received many fellowships and awards. A longtime assistant to the late sculptor Duane Hanson, he also worked as the Conservation Manager for the Broward County Public Art Collection. His works are included in the permanent collection of the NSU Museum of Art - Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton Museum of Art and Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, among others.
In 1999 I incorporated my business and have worked on both large and small scaled projects since. My client list is too large to list, and people seem to “find me” for new commissions all the time. I have painted murals for the cities of Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach and Broward County. Although the majority my work is painting murals, I have also worked in many other disciplines, including a large exterior bas-relief (20’ X 18’) of Apollo on a horse drawn chariot at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach. I have been doing design work for a very large home in Ft Lauderdale for the last year, and have another year to go!
I served for more than two years, as the Public Art Director, Oakland Park Street, and enjoyed the work focused on community beautification. I was commissioned to paint the large mural of Jaco Pastorius by Oakland Park Main Street prior to my public art position.
Heather Sisk studied sculpting at the Art Students League in NYC from 2008-2015. She has a BA in Human Ecology, a MA in Theology and is board certified in facial prosthetics, trained through Columbia University and the Bronx VA. Her first career was in museum collections, curation, administration and programming. She has worked closely with curators, educators, and artists since 1993 in Maine, Arizona, NY and FL. Her gallery experience includes fine art, natural and cultural history, Native Americans of Maine and the Southwest, and historic photography. Her own art has been exhibited at The National Arts Club in NYC, at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NYC, at Art Boca Raton, The Pompano Beach Cultural Center and Bailey Contemporary Arts. Heather believes that art and creativity are essential to the human spirit, that art in many ways defines culture and has the power to transform societal relationships, constructs and norms.